How to get to Sihanoukville from Phnom Penh

What about

Want some crystal clear seas, long sand beaches with shallow waters or Phangan-style partying without going to the islands? Sihanoukville is more than happy to accommodate you. Do not expect glittering modern shopping malls and designer boutique hotels, though; what you are likely to find here is a laid-back and relaxed vacation by the sea and the atmosphere reminiscent of the Thai islands of 10 or 20 years ago. That said, unpretentious nightlife venues, cosy restaurants and bars, massage shops and market stalls do not lack. Tour agencies offer trips to the neighbouring islands for snorkelling, and the sea is really beautiful. Though there is not much to do in Sihanoukville, it is still a great place to spend a couple of days doing nothing, tasting freshly brewed Angkor beer (the first brewery of the brand in located in Sihanoukville) and wandering in the shadow of cannonball trees covered with big exotic flowers which are a distinct feature of a couple of Sihanoukville wats.

From Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville by bus

There are a number of operators serving the route between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. Both prices and quality of service vary greatly. 12go.asia collaborates with Giant Ibis Transport for a number of reasons, including the best safety record (road safety is an issue in Cambodia) and the fact that a certain part of the cost of each ticket goes to preservation of ibis which is the national bird of Cambodia. Besides, every passenger of Giant Ibis Transport is covered with insurance and at the moment it is also the only transport company in Cambodia which sells tickets online and in advance.

Travel time between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville is from four hours to 4½ hours (240 km). The National Road #4 is in good condition – forget the bumpy experience you may have had here some five years ago. Currently there are three buses a day heading to the most popular sea resort city in Cambodia: at 8am, 9.30am and 12.30pm. All tickets cost USD12. Giant Ibis’ fleet consists of smaller Universe County buses which are not too spacious. It pays to choose your seat in advance. Try to avoid the first row, if you can, and note that all ‘C’s are jump seats. Apart from the space issue, Giant Ibis Transport buses offer an excellent value, and the service provided on board is usually flawless. They have air-conditioning and serve small snacks or a bottle of water during the trip, too.

Good news – or rather GREAT news: Wi-Fi is available on board of each Giant Ibis bus. Are we sure we are in Cambodia, guys? Well, after you discover you have Internet on board, it looks just natural to have electrical outlets, too. But isn’t it a local wonder, eh?

Note that there are no on-board toilets on Phnom Penh–Sihanoukville route. No bad smell in the bus, either. There is a 10-minute stop half the way between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville to stretch your legs.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis Transport buses leave from the company’s office in 106 Street, close to the night market and the riverfront. If you stay in one of the company’s partner hotels, you can order a complimentary pickup service. Check the list of the partner hotels on the Giant Ibis Transport web site.

In Sihanoukville, Giant Ibis Transport bus station is located on 2 Thnou Street, 200 m from the Golden Lions Circle. It is about 500 m to Serendipity Beach and almost one km to Ochheuteal Beach where plenty of accommodation option of various price range can be found. If you do not want to walk, take a tuk-tuk to your next destination (normally from USD1 to USD5).

Getting around

Hopping from one beach to another in Sihanoukville is best done by motorbike, be it a motorbike taxi or a rented scooter. Rules regarding renting out motorbikes to foreigners change often, but at present it is possible to get one at about USD5 per day. Many motorbikes for rent are ill-maintained, so drive with caution.

Motorbike taxis charge USD1 for short rides (e.g. between neighbouring beaches or from any beach except for Otres beach to the centre of the city).

Tuk-tuks in Sihanoukville tend to overcharge. Always discuss the cost of your ride before you board the vehicle. Tuk-tuk drivers hanging around the new bus station are especially hard to deal with. Short rides within the city cost USD3.

Which beach in Sihanoukville to choose

It is a rare case when beaches on the mainland have nothing to envy to the islands, but it is the case with Sihanoukville. Some say that the town obviously lacks infrastructure and facilities essential to any modern sea resort; but Sihanoukville feels so delightfully rustic and authentic that it compensates. Thanks to numerous expats who have chosen Sihanoukville as their new home, great Western food restaurants and bars do not lack, and long sweeping beaches of Sihanoukville never feel too overcrowded.

Ochheuteal beach and Serendipity beach

These two are the most popular and peopled beaches of Sihanoukville. The sea is still beautiful and there are plenty of souvenir stalls, beach restaurants and bars, tour agencies and accommodation options from 5-star hotels to relatively budget bungalows there. Serendipity is more on a budget side and has nightlife spots, but the beach itself is not big. Ochheuteal has a long strip of blond sand and free comfy sunbeds (if you buy some food or a drink in one of the beach restaurants), but there are jet skis cruising along the beach which makes swimming quite a dangerous thing at times.

Sokha Beach

Sokha Beach lies next to Serendipity Beach and right by the waterfront road. There are neither sunbeds nor restaurants there, just a narrow strip of white sand, a couple of wooden benches and some trees with their shadow providing shelter from the scorching sun. Both the sea and the view are beautiful nonetheless. Arguably the most luxurious resort hotel of Sihanoukville, Sokha Beach Resort, is next to the Sokha beach.

Independence Beach

The Independence Beach has all the facilities which Ochheuteal Beach offers. On the pro side is the dense shadow from the trees; on the con side – it is obviously narrower than its more popular counterpart.

Hawaii Beach and Victory Beach

These two beaches are definitely not picture-perfect, though they have nice palm trees and a few sunbeds, too. Due to some boat activity at the small pier between Hawaii and Victory beaches, the water does not look as turquois as it does at all the other beaches in Sihanoukville. There are a couple of hotels where package tourists tend to settle and the largest nightclub in town, Airport, is located near the pier.

Otres Beach

Otres Beach is voted the best beach of Sihanoukville and rightly so. Otres Beach lies to the southeast of Ochheuteal Beach. Fringed with delicate casuarinas, it boasts endless jaw dropping sea view. There are comfy sunbeds under straw beach umbrellas and simple beach huts, too. The only downside of Otres Beach is its location – no nightlife, no street food, no markets, no convenience stores nearby. But if you are after some peace and quiet on the background of a dream beach, Otres is the place to go.

Further afield from Sihanoukville

From the new bus station in Sihanoukville there are buses to Kampot, Kep, Koh Rong and Koh Kong (the last one is close to the Thai border town of Hat Lek from where you can easily connect to Trat and Koh Chang).

Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville @ bus, van Oct 24, 2017

From Phnom Penh Mekong Express to Sihanoukville by van

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From Phnom Penh PSD to Sihanoukville by bus

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From Phnom Penh Virak Buntham olympic to Sihanoukville by bus

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From Phnom Penh Giant Ibis to Sihanoukville by bus

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From Phnom Penh Thero Express to Sihanoukville by bus

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From Orussey Market to Sihanoukville by van

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Passenger reviews out of total 1,619 passengers traveled with us on this route

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that though we are closely monitoring services, we are still an agency marketplace - meaning we focus on ticketing service and route availability / coverage rather than on factual seat recline angle you got today ^_^

★★★☆☆ Oct 18, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Bus was comfortable but made several unscheduled stops
★★★★★ Oct 3, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The bus ride was safe and the Refreshment stop the best.
★★★☆☆ Oct 2, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
One hour late, stop at very expensive restaurant
★★★★★ Sep 29, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Sep 27, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress)
★★★★☆ Sep 24, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress)
★★★★★ Sep 21, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★☆☆☆ Sep 20, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Good but not so good because the staff is not so respectful and polite especially the lady who dispatched us from Phnom Penh Terminal.....the van was late..we are about to go at 930 but we left almost 10...
★★★★★ Aug 27, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Great service
★★★★☆ Aug 25, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Nice scenic drive, stop on the way was a nice cafe with great coffee & bathroom. Wifi and power point on bus didn't work.
★★★★☆ Aug 11, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress)
★★★★☆ Aug 9, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress) :
Good driver and comfortable bus. Overall a nice ride. Had to wait on passengers which might have contributed to us being almost an hour and a half longer drive than quoted. Wifi didn't work after Phnom Penh.
★★★☆☆ Aug 5, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★☆ Jul 26, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★☆☆ Jul 22, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Not too bad for comfort considering the roads. Wifi didnt work which was expected. Took an hour and a half longer to get to sihanoukville.
★★☆☆☆ Jul 16, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
There was a cockroach nest at the front of the bus and the luggage was piled up beside me and at one point nearly fell of me as it was not properly secured in place. Other than that the journey was fine and ran to time. Good value price as well
★★★★★ Jul 16, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress) :
Left Phnom Phenn, to Sihanoukville everyone was very helpful! bus travel was "EXCELLENT". Mr.Peter Pinkos. Kingdom of Hawaii.
★★★★☆ Jul 13, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★☆☆ Jul 6, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress) :
Only 3 passengers in total. Stopped in a very expensive place for a break, like 6 dollars for a packet if crisps. Driver stopped on the side road to wee twice which was very dodgy when we were in the country side. Good wifi, aircon ok, water and croissant served.
★★★★★ Jun 28, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
The bus was awesome. Super reclining seats, AC, wifi, everything you could want. They gave us pastries and water at the beginning of the trip. They stopped at a very nice rest stop halfway through. Extremely pleased.
★★★☆☆ Jun 25, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
5 hour journey as there was traffic and we were all squashed into this little van - very uncomfortable if you are sat by the window seat as there is a big piece of plastic in the way so your legs can't be comfortable. I think for such a long trip the coach should really be a bigger one with reclining seats - by the end of the 5 hours I was about ready to scream! Staff were very friendly and smiley, helped us with our luggage and had a good vibe about them, also got a water and cake thing at the beginning which was a nice touch. All in all, you get what you pay for!
★★★★★ Jun 20, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress) :
We got here alive , liked the crossants and water and free wifi ! Only worry is not a lot of leg room ( and I'm short )
★★★★★ Jun 9, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
it simply works
★★★★★ Jun 5, 2017 (bus Express, PSD Xpress)
★★★★☆ May 14, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
It is quite long trip but there's no sleeping bus. But the service is good including the water and a nice cakr
★★★★☆ May 2, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Apr 27, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★☆☆☆ Apr 20, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
the driver drove the bus not comfortable, and make me feel in dangerous. We used the bus by giant ibis (night bus) from siemreap to phnompenh which was so good. I can sleep so deep though that was my first experience for night bus. So we can compared how worst i got from this.
★★★☆☆ Apr 7, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Apr 6, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Nice comfortable little coach with wifi, water and a croissant.. arrived at 2pm not 12..
★★★★★ Mar 30, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Wifi actually works, nice and cool and the complimentary pain au chocolate was amazing! Traffic was bad though so arrived late
★★★☆☆ Mar 20, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★☆ Mar 17, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Safe and smooth travels
★★★★★ Feb 9, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Reliable!
★★★★☆ Jan 22, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★★ Jan 13, 2017 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★☆ Dec 23, 2016 (van Regional, Thero Express) :
Thero Express has kind drivers, nice a/c vans, and clean facilities. My only complaint was that our 11am arrival was not met. It was more like 1pm when we arrived. I had no connecting bus or any other schedule, which was good as we'd have completely missed it. If using Thero, be sure to leave yourself a day before planning any other connection.
★★★★★ Dec 12, 2016 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Good bus and safe trip!
★★★★☆ Nov 26, 2016 (van Regional, Thero Express) :
Comfortable journey. 1 stop for refreshments after 2 hours. Arrived 12.30 not 11am so 4.5 hours instead of 3. Be advised!
★★★☆☆ Aug 12, 2016 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Not a very good driver. Nesrly accident with tuktuk. He should take more distance. Especially with the bumpy roads and the heavy rainfall
★★★★☆ Aug 9, 2016 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
Bus with air con, wifi and you could plug your devices during the trip. There is a short stop perfect to take a coffe and eat the bakery given by Giant Ibis people. The drive is a little bit scary sometimes but all people drive like this in Cambodia so we just enjoy the sideviews
★★☆☆☆ Apr 28, 2016 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
We were told to wait in front of the Park Cafe at 940am, Bus came very late at 1005am. Our numbered seats has been taken by someone else, and had to sat at the back. Driver don't even help to change our numbered seats. Very bumpy rides all the way. A bit scary at times especially when bus driver trying to overtake vehicle in front. No wifi on board. Bus not on time. We reached Sihanoukville at around 245pm, 45 minutes later than the scheduled one.
12Go response:

As for the subpar quality of the vehicle, we passed this concern of yours to the bus/ferry company operator and according to them they did experience some technical difficulties with the original vehicle an hour before the departure and in order for them not to compromise the travel schedule of the passengers, and of course the most important of all the safety of all the passengers they instead chose to use another vehicle. They do extend their sincerest apology for all the inconvenience you have experienced.

★★☆☆☆ Mar 25, 2016 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
We didn't receive any information from our driver about how long the journey was going to take and how many stops we would have on the way etc. This would have been very helpful to know. The drive was a bit scary at times, I know we were driving on one of Cambodias deadliest roads but felt our driver could have been more careful himself when driving. There were many times when he was overtaking a vehicle into oncoming traffic and other vehicles had to swerve to avoid us. It meant the 4 hour journey was quite stressful for us passengers and we were very relieved to just arrive in one piece! Not looking forward to the return journey now :/ Apart from that, Giant Ibis are good buses with great air con and they have all so far run on time.
★★★★☆ Jan 3, 2016 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport)
★★★★☆ Dec 12, 2015 (bus Universe County, Giant Ibis Transport) :
It's always a bit scary driving in Cambodia... the passing, the honking, the roaming cattle in the road... but, otherwise, it was a fine trip. I was on a smaller bus, and preselected one of the single seats (thank goodness!!), as the poor suckers in the front had zero legroom, sitting with their legs extended over a platform... and i only glanced at the back of the bus once, and they looked quite packed. I will definitely reserve the seat i had, 3-d, by the door, as I am tall and i had all the legroom i could want. Made it here safely, and that's what's really important, right?

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